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WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNS SIX STANDOUTS
Head Coach Michelle Salmon is extremely excited about her recruiting class.
Head UMBC women's soccer coach Michelle Salmon has announced the signings of six standout players who will play for the Retrievers next fall. Defender Mary Hearin (Watkins Mill H.S./Maryland), defender/midfielder Jessica Golibart (Good Counsel H.S./Maryland), defender/midfielder Betsy Day (Gloucester H.S./Massachusetts), goalkeeper Robin Babaris (Sir Oliver Mowat H.S./Canada), midfielder Kerie Sample (Annapolis H.S./Maryland) and defender Tricia Adkinson (James M. Bennett/Maryland) all signed letters of intent to play for UMBC.Hearin was an All-State, All-Met, All-County, and All Conference player at Watkins Mill. She has been a member of the Maryland Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team for the last two years, and plays club soccer for the 2000 state champion Bethesda Sting. She is considered one of the top defenders in the state and is expected to have an immediate impact next season. "Mary reads the game extremely well and she possesses a great heart and passion for the game," said Salmon. "I am extremely excited about Mary and the potential that she brings to our program."Golibart was an All-State, All-Met, All-County, and All-Conference player at Good Counsel. She has been a member of the ODP state team for seven years and plays club soccer for the Prince William Sparklers, the current Virginia State champs and Region I champions in 2000. She is considered a standout defensive player and led Good Counsel to four WCAC championships and a national ranking of sixth. "Jessica is an extremely tough player, one who can dominate games on both ends of the field," said Salmon "She is a leader with tremendous potential."Day, a three-time captain, was an All-NEC and the Most Valuable Player in her league at Glouchester. In addition, she was a standout defender for the Boston Lightning, which represented Massachusetts at the Region I tournament. She has been a member of the Olympic Development State team for the past three years. "Betsy is a tenacious defender with great speed," according to Salmon. "She brings a great mentality to the team."Barbaris was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year by the Toronto Star this past year. A standout keeper at Mowat, she was also chosen as the team's MVP. Barbaris plays for Scarborough United, an Ontario Club finalist. She was also a member of the BRYST Academy, an elite soccer academy, and a member of the Ontario Provincial League. "Robin has tremendous athletic ability, and she reads the game extremely well," Salmon said. "Her intensity and drive are unparalleled."Kerie is an All-State, All-Metro, All-County performer for Annapolis High School and a member of the Bethesda Fury club team which won the U-17 National Championship this past summer. Kerie is a Regional team member who was invited into National Camp in 1999. Sample is expected to play in the midfield for the Retrievers. "Kerie brings a lot to the table. She has played soccer at its highest level and we are excited about having that level of experience at UMBC," commented her new coach.Tricia is considered the top defender on the Eastern Shore. An All-County performer, she led James M. Bennett to the Class 2A State semi-finals and to Bennett's best season ever. Tricia is a member of the Severna Park Stingers, a WAGSG Division I club team. "Tricia can dominate a game by her sheer desire to win every ball in the air and her passion to compete. We are very excited to have her as a part of our program," said Salmon.